HC Deb 01 May 1919 vol 115 cc356-7W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether in view of the fact that the official distribution of literature to the troops abroad has been dropped, when the soldiers, especially in Germany, are only too thankful to get literature to read, and when there is a marked falling off in the supply of reading matter for both them and the wounded, and in view of the fact that the Press, which were so frequently pressed to give prominence to the scheme of distribution in the past, were not acquainted with the discontinuance, he can see his way to continue the distribution for a fixed period until other arrangements can be conveniently advertised in the monthly, etc., Press?


A continuous and regular supply of novels and light literature is forwarded to the troops on active service abroad by the Camps Library under War Office instructions, and a Grant has been made for this purpose from the funds of the Navy and Army Canteen Board. In addition, a supply of daily newspapers or of weekly or monthly periodicals is still sent to the troops in all theatres of war. If my hon. and gallant Friend has any information to the contrary, I shall be pleased to receive particulars and will make further inquiries.